Harley-Davidson motorcycles are largely considered to be the best bikes available on the market. But, Harley owners also recognize the dedication to safety that Harley-Davidson has maintained as central to the overall operation of the bikes. Since the formation of the company in 1903, all Harley-Davidson motorcycles are designed with safety in mind from the get go. For example, in 1928, the first front-wheel brakes on Harley-Davidson motorcycles were introduced. They were originally met with skepticism, but were gradually accepted. More recently Harley-Davidson developed the Reflex Linked Brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) available on the Road King. Electronic linking provides the right amount of brake to whatever wheel needs it the most. Additional safety technology on the Road King includes the dual halogen headlamps and fog lights, brighter turn signals and brake lights, and more responsive steering controls.
And it doesn't stop with safety features on the motorcycles, as the company has also implemented both online and 'real life' safe rider courses focusing on getting new riders started and making experienced riders safer. In fact, the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course is available from select dealers in North and South Carolina and is structured to get riders comfortable on their bikes and give them the skills they need to ride with confidence.
There is never enough we can do to ride safe and prepare ourselves because, as we all know, there are very few vehicles on the highways that are more vulnerable to serious injury from an accident than bikers. Harley-Davidson understands this well. While bikers are always on the lookout for potential dangers on the roadway, individuals operating passenger vehicles are often distracted in a car for a variety of reasons. And now that cell phone use is prevalent, texting while driving is the bane of bikers in the Carolinas and everywhere else - and the list of dangers continues to grow. Although Harley-Davidson has built safety into the bike designs, all the way down to the distinct loud rumble of the exhaust, the truth is that many Harley riders are still involved in a disproportionate number of accidents, and often suffer serious or fatal injuries. This concerns me and my staff greatly and is a recurring theme of our daily lives at our law practice.
No matter how safe you are as a rider, no matter how safe Harleys are, when serious motorcycle accidents happen, the process can be difficult. Receiving a fair settlement for your injuries will always require an experienced lawyer with specific knowledge of motorcycles. As an avid Harley biker myself, I understand that motorcycle accidents happen far too often and the insurance companies use whatever tactic necessary to focus blame on the biker.
This is a significant factor in finalizing an injury settlement in both North Carolina and South Carolina. North Carolina has a contributory negligence law, which means if you are even slightly at fault, you cannot recover against the person who was mostly at fault. This law allows people who are even 99% at fault to get off without paying a dime. This is no exaggeration. In South Carolina, the person who is most at fault will have to pay. As long as they are at least 51% at fault, you can recover at least something from them. However, your recovery will be reduced by how much they can prove you are at fault. The more fault they can put on you, the less they have to pay out. If you or a friend ever happens to need aggressive legal representation in the Carolinas, you can count on me.